Talented Sheringham musician shines in UK snow carving team

Sheringham artist and musician Kate Munro taking a trip on the North Norfolk Railway, harking back t

Sheringham artist and musician Kate Munro taking a trip on the North Norfolk Railway, harking back to her teenage years when she practiced the clarinet on the train to London, where she was studying at the Guildhall School of Music. Photo: Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

Clarinet player Kate Munro's musical skills have been heard by shoppers and train travellers as well as concert goers.

Sheringham artist and musician Kate Munro with team mate Lisa Lindqvist and a giant leaf they create

Sheringham artist and musician Kate Munro with team mate Lisa Lindqvist and a giant leaf they created as members of the UK snow carving team. Photo: Supplied - Credit: Archant

For the Sheringham musician used to busk in Norwich to pay for her train fares to music school - and practice in the guards van during her two-hour rail commute to college.

But the mum-of-three also has another string to her bow - with the cool hobby of being a snow carver who competes all over the world with the UK team.

She will be among the performers at a North Norfolk Orchestral Society concert at Upper Sheringham church this Saturday at 7.30pm.

Ms Munro trained at London's Guildhall School of Music as a teenager, using her rail trips to good effect.


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'I used to play in the guards van on the way to London, I think I was making up for the practice I should have been doing between lessons,' she remembers.

She had a career change and went on to study fine art sculpture at Norwich and Wimbledon and through a college friend, whose mother hailed from Lapland, she got hooked on snow carving.

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The art involves creating sculptures from a single block of snow weighing more than 20 tons.

She said: 'I just love everything about it. It is really active, it is quite extreme, you meet lots of really interesting people and I love the fact that, a bit like music, you can't put a snow carving in a gallery – it is there for a certain amount of time, then it's gone.'

Ms Munro who has also travelling the country as an artist working on public commissions, attended snow carving events all over the world.

She is now a freelance artist working in education.

Do you have an unusual hobby? Email karen.bethell@archant.co.uk

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